Fair enough but one of the better things with stantler is the fact that it can go mixed. Also a potential check to kingdra that I just thought up is scarf zweilous I mean the thing has the highest attack stat in the meta coupled with a really good offensive typing the only things that can switch into it's outrages are bulky resists because you need a good amount of bulk to tank the strongest viable attack in the meta.
It can't even safely switch in anyways so what's the purpose of Grass Knot? And let's compare Raticate and Stantler:
- 252 SpA Life Orb Frogadier Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Quagsire: 164-192 (41.6 - 48.7%) -- 60.5% chance to 2HKO after 2 layers of Spikes and Leftovers recovery
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Stantler does seem better at first glance, but Raticate's the fastest unboosted Pokemon in the tier (bar Basculin), but, more importantly, it outspeeds Kingdra. This means it can nail it with Facade:
- 252 Atk Guts Raticate Facade (140 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Kingdra: 261-307 (89.6 - 105.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
Raticate's Facade is so powerful, and it gives me all the more reason to use it. Stantler isn't outclassed by Raticate, but I don't find it nearly is good.
- 252 Atk Life Orb Stantler Return vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Kingdra: 183-216 (62.8 - 74.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock